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Union Pacific will improve Kansas' transportation infrastructure by investing more than $11.5 million to improve the rail line from Topeka, Kan., to Herington, Kan.


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Profit margins for a short-haul rail line along the eastern edge of the county could be as high as 39 percent with the right service and marketing, according to a railroad consultant hired by the Tulare County, Calif., Association of Governments, the Visalia Times-Delta reports.

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Transportation planners have narrowed their proposals for expanded Amtrak passenger rail service across Kansas to two possible routes, according to the Kansas Reporter. Depending on which route is chosen, if either of them is, transportation department officials estimate the service will require either $154 million for infrastructure and equipment costs, plus a potential $3.2-million annual operating subsidy paid by Kansas taxpayers, or $476 million for infrastructure and equipment, plus $8 million annually in state support.

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RailWorks Corporation promoted of Robert Rolf to vice president & general manager of the South Division of its RailWorks Track Systems subsidiary. Rolf, formerly area manager of RailWorks Track Services, Inc., based in Bridgeton, Mo., is a licensed, professional engineer with more than 25 years of railroad construction and maintenance industry experience. He has been active throughout his career in industry associations, including the Track Functional Group (Committee #5) of The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and the St. Louis Railway Club.

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Smiths Detection won an additional five-year contract by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority to upgrade and maintain the company's PROTECT and FirstView anti-terrorism detection and software systems. PROTECT and FirstView allow transit authorities to monitor multiple chemical warfare sensors, distribute command and control responsibilities among agencies and integrate WMATA's hundreds of cameras into a manageable system. The upgrade will include expanded chemical detection libraries and radiological detection capabilities.

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Work will be done on the shoring and the foundation for the new pedestrian underpass at the station. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians ...
Representatives of the Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota have reached agreement on a plan to protect university research facilities from vibration and electromagnetic interference (EMI) caused by the Central Corridor light rail transit project. The agreement came afte ...
Gulf & Ohio Railways, Inc., is set to acquire the Lancaster & Chester Railway Company. The L&C Railway operates 62 miles and hauls primarily agricultural products, building supplies, chemicals, minerals and steel for customers in Chester and Lancaster Counties, S.C. Gulf &am ...
The FRA recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to concrete crossties. In the NPRM notice posted in the August 27 edition of the Federal Register, the FRA is proposing "...to amend the Federal Track Safety Standards to promote the safety of railroad operation ...
SEPTA announced a pilot project that would capture electricity generated by braking subway trains, similar to how a hybrid automobile produces power when it slows down. The electricity will be stored in a large, railside battery array and reused when the train accelerates, according to ...
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